Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Very Sick Donkey

Ramsey's foot abscess has invaded his whole body and he is very sick.  His temperature is all over the place and he is very miserable now.   I spoke with the vet yesterday morning and she agreed that if he wasn't better by the end of the day, she would come out.

Right up until I left for work yesterday afternoon, he was still bright-eyed, cheerful and eating well.  I was concerned though, because his temp was still high and I wound up coming home early as I was worried about him.  By the time I got home, his temp had dropped to 97.8 (which is almost too low) and he was depressed and not eating or nursing. 

The weather is not helping as it is truly miserable with temps in the low forties and constant rain.  Snow or sleet is expected overnight.  Thank goodness I bought Ramsey a blanket, he really needs it right now. 

Since he quit eating and drinking, I am very worried about dehydration and weakness.  The vet finally made it out this afternoon and we gave him IV fluids, which I will continue for the next three days.  He has a an IV catheter under the green vetwrap. 
He seems to be having some trouble laying down on his own and this afternoon, when the vet was here, he lost his balance when she was looking at his foot.  He clearly wanted to lay down so I just eased him down rather then prop him up.  I sat with him and held his head in my lap and he wound up sleeping through the entire catheterization process.  It made him a perfect patient, but it scared me to death.  

He is on antibiotics, a higher dose of Banamine and IV fluids.  The abscess did rupture out of the top of his foot this afternoon in three places.

This is the worst abscess I have ever seen.  I have only ever seen one abscess that went systemic before and it was never this bad, it responded to antibiotics almost immediately.  On the other hand, that was in a very robust, four year old draft cross who weighed 1300 pounds.  Ramsey is too young for this nonsense, I'll be sure to give him a stern lecture about it just as soon as he gets better. 

I sure hope this is not typical of donkeys.  If Ramsey does not show some real improvement by tomorrow afternoon, I may have to try to get him to Cornell. 

12 comments:

  1. Jenny in MN, now in AzNovember 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Thank you for the update. I've been worried about Ramsey all day. I'm so sorry you and your animals are going through this. Positive healing thoughts sent your way. I so hope he will be able to recover quickly from this.

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  2. Poor baby. I am so sorry Kris that this is happening to Ramsey. He is such a sweet little guy with so much personality. Can't have him feeling this crummy and I know you are worried beyond belief. I am hoping with all my heart for a quick turn-around and sending prayers and more healing thoughts.

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  3. What Jenny and Pix said. Thinking of you and worrying and wishing with you (and wishing there was more I could do). Get well, Ramsey, get completely well real soon! evemarie

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  4. hmm, my first comments disappeared. Hope the IV's and antibiotics work their magic soon. Ramsey is so sweet. I only had one donkey, Fonzie, for 13 years now, and he was probably about 10 when I got him. Thinking of you and Ramsey, take care.

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  5. Ay yi yi yi yi. Now that the abcess has ruptured, I hope the worst is over. I'll be anxiously awaiting your next update. Sending healing thoughts Ramsey's way.

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  6. Poor Ramsey. Sending him get well vibes :-)

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  7. Oh, I am so worried. Poor baby. They're tough though and you are on top of things. The banamine and fluids will help perk him up, which will make you feel better. Surely you are almost out of the woods if it's popped out that many places. Wow.

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  8. We do have abscess's now and then, but have never seen one that abrupted in more then one spot!
    I hope today is better news.

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  9. Aww thinking of you all, hope he is OK!

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  10. Thank you for taking the time to keep us up to date. I'm sure all of your followers are going to be worrying about Ramsey until he's better. You'll be in my thoughts all day.

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  11. Oh no, poor little guy :( I am sure you are worried sick. He must feel horrible, and looks so sad. Hoping for the best & sending get well wishes Ramsey's way!!

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  12. I truly hope the next time I open your blog that you have much better news for us. He's such a darling little guy, I can't imagine him being so sick. I'm sure Emma is worried, too.

    Nancy in Iowa

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